Iron Man 2: Movie Review
Iron Man 2
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johannson,
Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Don Cheadle, Garry Shandling
Director: Jon Favreau
Iron Man's back - and so is Robert Downey Jr.
Downey Jr stars as Tony Stark, the billionaire weapons manufacturer/ playboy
in this sequel which carries on 6 months from the end of the first (which saw
Stark reveal to the world he was the man in the mask).
However, that declaration's irritated Russian Ivan Vanko (a heavily tattooed
Mickey Rourke) who believes Stark stole the design for the Iron Man suit from
his father. So with that in mind, Vanko sets out for revenge.
But Vanko's not the only one who's got designs on Stark - rival Justin Hammer
(a brilliant Sam Rockwell) is out to usurp Stark on the business front; a senate
enquiry (headed by Garry Shandling nonetheless) is out to strip Stark of the
Iron Man suit; and the army's got designs on the suit - for national safety
And Stark's got even bigger problems because it appears the power source he's
using to keep himself alive is fading - and soon, with time running out, both
Stark and Iron Man could be no more....
Iron Man 2 boasts some great action sequences and has some pretty impressive
gadget tech within Stark's laboratory; that coupled with some scenes of War
Machine and Iron Man fighting side by side mean it's destined to become a fan
favourite. In fact Favreau's ploughed everything into the action scenes and
they're excellently executed - right down to Scarlett Johannson's very
impressively choreographed fight scenes.
Downey Jr once again owns the role of Stark - and some sparky scenes with
long time love and Stark Industries cohort Pepper Potts (aka Gwyneth Paltrow)
really manages to convey an excellent relationship between the pair. There's
also a fair amount of humour scattered throughout and in places, the script
crackles with great dialogue.
But despite Downey Jr's cocksure swagger, he's nearly eclipsed by Sam
Rockwell's brilliant performance as Hammer and a menacing Mickey Rourke who
lumbers in the background as Whiplash.
It's just unfortunate that at times, this feels a little crowded and suffers
from the Boys and their toys affliction with guns everywhere, explosions and so
on. What it leaves you feeling is a little underwhelmed - that said, Iron Man 2
is a good solid action flick, which while sadly lacking in emotional depth at
times (and is not as much fun as the first) won't stop you lapping up this